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GSL

Forecast systems that deliver solutions


Global Systems Laboratory

The Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) is one of ten NOAA Research Laboratories and is located in Boulder, Colorado. Our research improves environmental prediction models, develops state-of-the-science decision support tools, visualization systems, and uses high-performance computing technology to support a Weather-Ready Nation.

GSL strives to advance its workforce scientifically, technically, and professionally. We are also committed to increased diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility as well as a strong foundation for career growth.

GSL's research serves the nation

The research we do improves weather data, forecasts, and computing techniques used by industry, decision-makers, and stakeholders.

Our work makes the nation's operations safer and more efficient, helps protect lives and property, and promotes economic prosperity.


Public Safety

Public Safety

GSL’s models and technology help emergency managers respond to weather threats quickly.


Aviation

Aviation

Our tools help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reduce air traffic delays and increase safety.


Energy

Energy

GSL’s weather models enable the energy industry to plan for the variable nature of wind and solar energy.


Fire Weather

Fire Weather

Decision support systems and smoke models developed by GSL help with wildfire operations.


Latest News

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Inclusive Design Seminar Series (noaa.gov only)

June 21, 2024

GSL's User Experience Expert Dmitri Atrash is hosting an "Inclusive Design Seminar Series" 11:30-12:30 MT every other Wednesday. These are bi-weekly recorded video sessions planned for 45 minutes, 30 minutes of content and 15 minutes allotted for follow-ups and Q&A. The series begins with an introduction to inclusive design, underscoring...

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GSL experimental models tested in the 2024 NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed

June 03, 2024

GSL participated in the 2024 NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecast Experiment during May with several experimental models under the microscope. The primary goals of the NOAA HWT are to accelerate the transfer of promising new tools from research to operations, inspire new initiatives for operationally relevant research, and identify...

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Forecasters test Threats in Motion concepts

June 03, 2024

A record 62 tornado warnings were issued by the NOAA NWS forecast office in Norman, Oklahoma during the April 27-28 tornado outbreak. With current software, the forecaster draws a warning polygon that is stationary and constrained to its original area; it can only be reduced in size, not expanded. If...

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Successful Projects

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Research-to-Operations (R2O)

Research-to-Operations (R2O)

GSL has a history of successfully transitioning atmospheric research into advanced products and services for weather operations.

Learn more about R2O
Regional Models

Regional Models

We are the leader in developing and evolving regional weather models. The Rapid Refresh, High-Resolution Rapid Refresh, and RAP Smoke are just a few.

Learn more about our models
Unified Forecast System

Unified Forecast System

GSL is part of a major community effort to develop a coupled, comprehensive Earth modeling system.

Read how GSL supports the UFS

GSL Mission

Lead research and directed development through the transition of environmental data, models, products, tools, and services to support commerce, protect life and property, and promote a scientifically literate public.

Research Areas

Organizational Excellence, Earth System Prediction, Advanced Technologies, and Decision Support are the foundation to achieving the GSL Grand Challenge: Deliver actionable global storm-scale prediction and environmental information through advanced technologies to serve society.